Saints and Colts managed to start most the season undefeated, Saints going 13 games, whilst the Colts 14. Vikings started immense speculation when they signed Favre and teaming him up with Peterson, and the duo working out formidably.They also deserve some considerations.
The Chargers themselves overcame the odds to be among the league elite and their offense is looking as good as ever. Not declaring they have a chance would be treachery.
So this article is not to say that these teams don't have a chance;it's to say other teams do.
Because all the analysts skip the Packers, so have a lot of the audiences. The Packers, winners of six of their last seven leading them into the playoffs.
Aaron Rodgers has been directing the Packers' saga, turning into an elite QB. Ryan Grant has so far been having the best season of his career, and is one of the leaders in yards amonst NFC backs. Their receivers are some of the best cores in the league, and their defense is more than worth mentioning at this point.
Clay Matthews is my defensive rookie of the year, and Charles Woodson has been playing out of his mind.
This leaves the Packers almost invunerable in the playoffs, when consistency in the running. passing and defenseive areas matter more than anything else.
Heading into the first round, the Packers play last year's NFC champs and Super Bowl runner-up in the Arizona Cardinals. Coming off a 33-7 win over the Cardinals, locker-room confidence and spirits should be soaring in Green Bay. Even though Arizona played safely not starting their leaders. the blowout was much more than expected even in these circumstances.
Let's assume the Packers beat the Cardinals, like expected; that leaves them facing the Minnesota Vikings in the next round. Aside from the fact that it is a must watch game (Favre vs. Packers), it should also become a path to the confeence finals for the Pack.
The Vikings are recently on somewhat of a downfall, and arguments between coach Brad Childress and Favre loom ahead. The Vikings stake could ultimately lie on the communacation between those two leaders.
Yet, aside from all those facts, the Packers are still a more skilled team. Though Favre may have drawn more attention the whole season, it is Rodgers who has played better. He has had many more yards, and will, in due course, benfit from the fact that his receivers should be considered that the likes of Favre's.
Favre's number one enemy, other than Childress, Charles Woodson, the Packers' Pro Bowl CB. Look at the stats; Woodson has gotten more picks against better quarterbacks that worse ones, and should do well against Favre.
If Favre is stopped, the Vikings will automatically turn towards Peterson. Though it seems as if Peterson can handle any D, the Packers boast one of the top run defenses in the league, and with everyone healthy, hold a biiger chance of stopping Peterson than they had earlier in the year.
Expect the Packers to win the NFC, Saints or no Saints, eventually making it to the Super Bowl.
Though not talked about a lot, or predicted to win it all, the Packers won't need the media to lead the way in the playoffs. They need Rodgers, Grant and their defense. Come February 7th, beleive me, they'll get plenty of attention.